The National House
The National House was originally built in 1828, and operated as the White Hall Hotel for many years. Charles Dickens stayed at White Hall Hotel with his wife in 1842. It was at this time that he proclaimed the couple had enjoyed the "best beefsteak... in America." The historic hotel has hosted presidents such as Martin Van Buren and countless celebrities. The National House is no longer a hotel but rather an apartment complex with a bar and restaurant and retail outlets on the first floor.
Backstory and Context
The building was remodeled in the 1920s to match the styles and economic boom of the era. The new owner, W. A Reist, added suites and retail outlets on the first floow such as Jacks', which sold ladies clothing. This store could have sold clothing to the new type of woman, the flapper. The flapper was a girl who broke from the long Victorian dresses and long hair filled with curls. Instead these girls bobbed their hair and raised their skirts to right below the knee. The National House shared this trend with women by removing the Victorian balconies in favor of sleek and straight lines.